Week 54: Age-based recommendations

18th January 2021

The most eventful thing that happened this week was probably when I was following a recipe which instructed me to fry some mustard and cumin seeds. I was unaware that together this would make quite an explosive combination. For a couple of minutes there were herbs flying around the kitchen as the mustard seeds exploded. In hindsight it seems like a cruel prank the recipe author was playing, but it definitely added some excitement to the proceedings.

Earlier this week when browsing Amazon looking for something to keep me entertained during this lockdown Amazon asked me to “Enter your child’s birthdate for age-based recommendations”. I found it pretty creepy that they wanted a full date rather than just an age. But reassuring that the algos are bad enough that they believe my shopping trends imply that I’ve got a child. In hindsight I should have put my birthdate in to see what age-based recommendations they might have for me.

The only other notable thing this week is that at work I built and shipped a new homepage. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we had before and better reflects what we do.